Random Reflections

Solidarity

Don’t have time to write much tonight but found this quote that I find incredibly rich and challenging.  Wanted to share it with everyone.

Mostly we think of people with great authority as higher up, far away, hard to reach. But spiritual authority comes from compassion and emerges from deep inner solidarity with those who are "subject" to authority. The one who is fully like us, who deeply understands our joys and pains or hopes and desires, and who is willing and able to walk with us, that is the one to whom we gladly give authority and whose "subjects" we are willing to be.

It is the compassionate authority that empowers, encourages, calls forth hidden gifts, and enables great things to happen. True spiritual authorities are located in the point of an upside-down triangle, supporting and holding into the light everyone they offer their leadership to.

Henri Nouwen

Peace – Melissa

One Comment

  • Kailey

    Great quote Mel…where do you find these? I think it’s pretty amazing how God flips the things were so stuck on upside down. We always say that the things of God are not of this world and that’s so true. He takes what we look at as being “authority” and flips it completely backwards. It definatly makes me think about who and what I give my authority too on a daily basis. Thanks for sharing that quote.

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